Egypt envoy seeks Indian CEC help in conducting polls

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    Egypt envoy seeks CEC help in conducting polls - The Times of India

    NEW DELHI: Egypt's ambassador to India Khaled el Bakly met chief election commissioner (CEC) S Y Quraishi recently, seeking assistance in conducting elections after Hosni Mubarak's ouster.

    Parliamentary elections will be held in Egypt in September, followed by presidential polls in November. During the meeting with Quraishi, Bakly wanted to know about various aspects of election management and electronic voting machines (EVMs). "He asked how fast we can provide EVMs in case they decide to use them," said a senior election commission (EC) official.

    The EC has sent Bakly documents on skills, experience and technical know-how in conducting elections in India. Bakly also wanted to know about Indian Institute of Democrat and Election Management (IIDEM), which the Commission proposes to set up. IIDEM will offer assistance and support, training and educational materials and consultancy service in election management. "We get a lot of requests from various countries to train their poll officials," said Quraishi.

    IIDEM will start operating from the seventh floor of the Capital's Nirvachan Sadan soon. Later, it will be shifted to a new building. "Four acres of land in the heart of Gurgaon has been identified for the institute. The Haryana government will allot the land soon," said Quraishi.

    At IIDEM, officials — associated with poll process in India and foreign countries — will be trained. It will also run courses for mediapersons.

    United Nations, Commonwealth secretariat and International Foundation for Electoral Systems of Washington are collaborating with EC on IIDEM. "Recently, Commonwealth secretary general Kamlesh Sharma visited us to discuss setting up a resource centre at IIDEM," said Akshay Rout, director-general, EC.

    Currently, EC is preparing a project and concept paper to set out IIDEM's course structure and curriculum. Several countries, including Thailand, Ethiopia, Nepal and Bhutan, have already conveyed their interest to the EC about the institute, said Rout.
     
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